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National event: EU funds – a new dawn?
29 April 2013 10:30-16:00

What are the priorities for civil society in the future of EU funding? How will the programme for England work? How will social inclusion and CLLD play a part? Explore the opportunities and challenges of European funding for your charity for the next round of funds. This national event will include high level government representatives, charities, co-operatives, social enterprises, social investors and local authorities.

Documents from the event:

Conference Report
Speakers Biographies
Presentation by BIS: Sue Baxter
Presentation by Defra: Helen Diplock
Presentation by WCVA: Judith Stone
ESF project showcase: No Walls, Peter Scollard
ESF project showcase: Network to Work. Action Women, Stephanie Hayman

North East – European Funding Post 2013 – What does the future hold for the North East?

13:30-16:30 Tuesday 26 March 2013, The Beacon Centre, Newcastle.

At this free event, we will hear from a range of regional, national and international experts to discuss:
The current ESF and ERDF settlement 2007-2013 secured an investment of more than £450 million into the economy of the North East. How much will we secure for the North East of England post 2013?

Will all parts of the North East be eligible for funding?
Who will decide who gets the money? Will decisions be taken Nationally or Locally?
Where will match funding come from?
How will any of this impact on VCS organisations?

Register here or contact [email protected]

West Midlands – Regional VCS Strategic EU Meeting

04 February 2013

RAWM and NCVO are consulting with local and national government departments, VCS organisations and wider Civil Society to explore how the sector is best able to fully utilise opportunities that could be offered through the new EU Structural Funds 2014 -2020.

The meeting on 4th February (location TBC) is an inaugural meeting for VCS organisations which have significant experience in delivering EU-funded projects, to discuss a strategic response and activities in response to the BIS road shows presentations.

RAWM wishes to engage with VCS organisations to identify processes and procedures that will enable the sector to respond to the announcements at the road shows as well as related announcements from the chancellor’s Autumn Statement (5th December) and Lord Heseltine’s report ‘No Stone Unturned’.
Further meetings will be arranged following consultation on the BIS proposals and related announcements.

Contact RAWM’s Policy Associate (Europe) Ted Ryan by email for further details.

Documents from the event include:

Agenda [195kB, PDF]

CSF Funds: Opportunities for Civil Society Organisations [757kB, PPT] (Ingrid Gardiner, NCVO)

EU-VCS-LEP View from North West England [1.66mB, PPT] (Andy Churchill, Network for Europe)

Heseltine Report: Implications for the VCS [478kB, PPT] (Ted Ryan, RAWM) & No Stone Unturned – a brief outline of the Heseltine Report [329kB, PDF]

Communicate Smarter [464kB, PPT] (Pauline Roche, RAWM) – lists to be added

Activity sheet template: West Midlands VCS and their LEPs [505kB, PDF

North West – Information and Consultation Event on post 2013 EU funds

Friday 25 January 2013 10:00-13:00, Central Liverpool location.

The European Funding Network and Network for Europe are organising a follow up event to the BIS roadshows for the Voluntary & Community Sector in the North West.

The event will give information about the latest “state of play” with regard to both what the funds will seek to deliver and how this will be organised. A range of speakers mixed with participative workshops will give VCS organisations in the NW the latest information on the funds and allow them to have their say on the proposals.

This event will precede a period of formal consultation in the spring of 2013, by the Government, prior to discussions with the European Commission on the final details of the operational programmes governing the funds in England.

Documents from the event include

NCVO Presentation (pdf 633.58KB)
Network for Europe Presentation (pdf1.67MB)
Network for Europe Notes from BIS Roadshow (pdf 61.4KB)
Network for Europe Special Bulletin (November 2012) (pdf 566.52KB)

Future of EU funding regional events

As you may be aware, there are currently negotiations and consultations taking place on the future of Structural Funds from 2014 onwards. Why does this matter? EU Funds support employment, social inclusion and new investment opportunities. The current European Social Fund (ESF) programme invested £2.5 billion, matched with national funding for a total spend of £5 billion in England – unfortunately only 9% of it reached voluntary organisations in the first three years of the programme…

However, there is now a real chance for us to bring a larger share of ESF funding into our sector under the next funding round starting in 2014. We are planning events on the future of these funds to gather the views of the organisations in your regions.

East Midlands – European Common Strategic Framework Consultation Meeting 10:00-12:30, 15 November 2012

Apex Court (the former EMDA building), City Link, Nottingham, NG2 4LA
One EM

BIS East Midlands and South East Midlands presentation

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Don’t miss your opportunity to influence and to ensure that the Third Sector in the East Midlands has a voice!

Our joint event with our partner in the East Midlands, One East Midlands, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), will focus on third sector engagement in the 2014-2020 tranche of European Structural Funds.

It will provide a unique opportunity for third sector organisations to analyse the issues and opportunities in relation to future European funding and to input into the consultation for the framework development. The event will cover the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Rural Development Programmes.

There will be presentations by various government departments involved in EU funding and discussions on principal themes and a question and answers session. It will provide both an opportunity to learn about the proposed 2014 programme and consider the challenges and opportunities this raises for the third sector. The event will be useful for those with influence at strategic level throughout the East Midlands as well as potential deliverers of European funded projects.

Get in touch with us if you would like further information.

The Single Market 20 years on: What’s in it for the UK?
5 November 2012, 10.30 – 17.30 – Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU

The European Commission Representation in London together with the European Economic and Social Committee has organised an event to discuss the UK’s role and future in the single market. There will be an opportunity to discuss matters such as better regulation, social entrepreneurship, the digital agenda and consumer protection from civil society’s perspective. You can view the agenda here.

Guest speakers include

Our Sir Stuart Etherington, NCVO’s Chief Executive and EESC member
Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, former vice-president of the European Commission
Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee

This event will be free of charge and lunch will be provided. There will be a drinks reception from 17.30.

To register please email [email protected] indicating your name, job title and organisation.

Yorkshire & Humber – European Structural Funds meeting, Thursday 25 October 2012

In partnership with Involve Yorkshire & Humber

EFN hosted in partnership with Involve Yorkshire and Humber a meeting with Y&H voluntary sector organisations to identify the sector’s views and ideas about the shape of the new round of Structural Funds in preparation for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – BIS roadshows later in the Autumn.

You can view the BIS presentation here

Conclusions from the meeting will be posted up once agreed.

Future of European Funding Conference: RAWM & NCVO European Funding Network, Thursday 26 July 2012
NCVO’s European Funding Network, in association with RAWM co-hosted an event in Birmingham to provide VCS organisations in the West Midlands with the opportunity to listen to and comment on BIS proposals for future EU funding and to exchange good practice from the current funding period.

Prospects for Structural Funds 2014-2020 [317kB, PPT] – Sandra Turner, BIS
UK Structural Funds 2014-2020 [324kB, PPT] – Sharon Shattock, CLG
Some Success Stories: ESF Community Grants [3.5mB, PPT] – Ted Ryan, RAWM
Next Steps – The Future of EU Funding – The New Structural Fund Programme [722kB, PPT] – Ingrid Gardiner, NCVO
Inclusion and Economic Growth – European funding as a resource [720kB, PPT] – Sharon Palmer, RAWM

One East Midlands/EMFAN’s event on Building access and understanding of European funding, Tuesday 17 July 2012
NCVO took part in this successful conference in Leicester which was aimed at VCS organisations in the East Midlands to give funding advice on ESF and ERDF applications. You can download NCVO’s presentation here and all the presentations and documents on the One East Midlands website.

Back to the Future: Current Experiences & Future Perspectives: Civil Society engagement in the EU Structural Funds

27 April 2012 09:30-15:30

The European Funding Networks response to the BIS informal consultation on Partnership Agreement: Delivery of Structural Funds, Rural Development Funds and Maritime and Fisheries Funds in England


European Commission
UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
ESF Works film
WCVA presentation

With the next programme of EU Structural Funds currently being designed this event seeks to bring together key stakeholders from the European Commission, UK Government Departments and civil society organisations for a day of learning, exchanging and debating.

You will have the opportunity to hear first hand from the European Commission and European Parliament about the draft regulations for the next generation of EU funds, engage with representatives from key UK government departments through an open debate and learn about our sector experiences and practices in the current EU Structural Funds programme.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard about what the key priorities for post 2013 should be!

For more information, email us at [email protected]

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre

108 Stamford Street
South Bank

NCVO/LVSTC Conference: ESF Support for Families to Tackle Poverty – 28 November 2011

This conference considered the wider issues around the ESF DWP Programme for “Families with Multiple Problems” scheme. The event was intended to help to develop an appreciation of the potential impact of the Programme as well as inform thinking about how the closing stages of the ESF 2007-2013 Programme might lay foundations for the following ESF 2014-2020 Programme being prepared, in part, to address the poverty-reduction target of the EU 2020 Strategy.

Also included was a presentation by Dr Katherine Duffy who has just completed research for the NCVO on the evolution of recent social policy in the UK and European Union with regard to the European Structural Funds.

Information and presentations from the event:

Philip Naniewski – Jobcentre Plus, London & Home Counties
Jasbir Jhas – LGA European and Intern ational Team
Lizzi Holman – Reed in Partnership
Jonny Boux – Community Links
Katherine Duffy – Consultant, EAPN
Sandra Turner – NCVO
Mapping the Riots, Poverty and ESF

South West Forum Event – 29 September 2011
South West Forum in partnership with the Employment and Skills Partnership held a joint, free, event on 29th September 2011, to look at the changing landscape of skills and employment. The event was aimed at voluntary and community sector organisations, public sector agencies and training providers.

Speaker presentations and reports from the day can also be accessed at:


A film clip captures some of the key messages from the conference and highlights the need for small and medium sized organisations to work together, collaboratively, as subcontractors and delivery partners in skills and employment – and can be seen on You Tube
EVENT: Supporting offenders into employment 18 April

If you have an interest in the rehabilitation of offenders or working with their families this free event ‘Innovations in Offender Support’ organised by AIM partnership on 18 April (Birmingham) will offer you the opportunity to hear about the progress being made by the £2m ESF-funded AIM Partnership project for moving offenders into mainstream social and economic activity conference. Future policy on Peer Mentoring, Veterans Support, Women’s Networks and Social Enterprise solutions to reducing re-offending will be discussed.

See the AIM Website for more details.

Future of EU Funds to Support Vulnerable People

TSEN’s Future of European Funding Lunches, London & Newcastle

Third sector representatives had the opportunity to hear from MEPs Jean Lambert and Stephen Hughes, General Secretary of the Brussel’s based NGO Conny Reuter of SOLIDAR, and European Funding expert Brian Harvey. Speakers talked about post Lisbon Strategy (Europe 2020) developments and the future of Structural Funds post 2013.

See the full briefing of the Lunches

TSEN in partnership with South West Forum -Strengthening Volunteering in the South West: A Cross Sector Responsibility’ Taunton, March 25

Presentations from the event are available from the SWF website

TSEN in partnership with North West Network – ‘Future of EU Funds in the North West Manchester, March 17

TSEN in partnership with North West Network held the sixth event in the series. Presentations from the event are available to download below:

Developments in the European Social Fund

The Work Programme & the VCS

North West Third Sector SPV

Fifth Cohesion Forum

Influencing ESF

TSEN & WMEN – Europe 2020 & EU Funds tackling Social Exclusion January 27, Birmingham

TSEN in partnership with WMEN hosted the fifth event in the series exploring Europe 2020 and the future of the Structural Funds to support vulnerable people.

Vaida Luckosiute – Introduction to WMEN

Brian Harvey – European background: Role & Relevance of the Structural Funds

Michael Fothergill – Understanding Welfare Reform

Stuart Russon – West Midlands European Service: Your route to Transnational Funding

Lorraine Lockyer – Opportunity through Mobility: Using Leonardo da Vinci Programme to engage with unemployed youth

TSEN in partnership with CEFET – Learning from the past, Planning for the Future – December 14, Leicester

TSEN in partnership with CEFET hosted the fourth event in the series. See the event programme for more information. Some of the presentations from the event are available to download below:

John Tiplady – ESF Delivery 2011 – 2013

CEFET – Voices on Poverty, Activity to Mark EYAP 2010

TSEN in partnership with LVSTC & Ealing Council – Promoting Active Inclusion- December 7, London

TSEN in partnership with LVSTC & Ealing Council hosted the third event of the series December 7 at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. The event raised awareness of ESF developments in regard to the second half of the current Programme and early preparations for the 2014 – 2020 Programme. For further information see the event flyer. More presentations will be available to donwload soon.

Katherine Duffy – ESF as a response to Poverty in the UK?

TSEN in partnership with COVER -Future of the Structural Funds to Support Vulnerable People – November 30 2010, Saffron Walden

TSEN in partnership with our member in the East of England is hosting an event to show how the current politcal landscape will impact on welfare and social inclusion. This will include analysis of welfare reform proposals, current European Programmes, and the future of ESF and ERDF, post 2013.

Andrew Cogan – European Funding in the East of England

Brian Harvey – Future of the Structural Funds

Michael Fothergill – Proposals for Welfare Reform

TSEN in partnership with the Learning Curve -Future of the Structural Funds to Support Vulnerable People – October 10 2010

Download the conference report
TSEN in partnership with Yorkshire & Humber Forum -Future of the Structural Funds to Support Vulnerable People – September 22 2010

Participant feedback from the event:

‘..very useful for future planning’‘…good overview of EU funding plus way UK policy is moving’

Event Programme

Brian Harvey – Future of the Structural Funds

Michael Fothergill – Proposals for Welfare Reform

Michael Fothergill – Welfare Reform Glossary

Steven Fox – Yorkshire & Humber Policy Landscape

See TSEN’s Event Series ‘EYAP 2010’ – The European Year Combating Poverty & Social Exclusion

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